LAWS13011 - Family Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Family Law is an elective delivered via intensive mode. This unit will equip you with the knowledge and skills to practice family law by providing you with an understanding of the legislation and case law relating to the dissolution of the marriage relationship and defacto relationship, planning for future financial arrangements including the division of property, spousal maintenance and child support, the role of dispute resolution in family law and planning for child focused arrangements pertaining to children.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


Minimum completion of 72 credit points in units commencing with LAWS

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Term 2 - 2021 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 57.78% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback to the UC
The unit profile should inform students that Family Law is delivered via intensive mode
The UC will amend the unit profile to state Family Law is delivered via intensive mode.
Action Taken
For the 2019 offering the unit profile was amended to state this unit is delivered via intensive mode to ensure students were aware of this form of delivery.
Source: In zoom session and email feedback to the UC
Students spoke positively of the availability of the unit materials, podcasts, video and assessment information on the day the unit went live on Moodle.
The UC will continue to ensure all materials and assessment information are made available on Moodle the day the unit goes live to provide students with an opportunity to commence their study before Term 2.
Action Taken
Source: Feedback to the UC in zoom sessions an via email and 'have your say' survey
Students informed the UC that some pages in some chapters of the textbook were not required reading for the module they were studying. They felt that some parts of the chapters did not assist in their knowledge of family law.
The UC has identified that in some chapters there are readings that may not be required for the assessment in this unit. If the same textbook is used for future offerings the UC will specify in the unit profile, page numbers within some chapters that students should read.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Research and analyse the approach taken by the courts in resolving family law issues and applying the Family Law legislation, Family Law rules, Federal Circuit Court rules and case law.
  2. Critically evaluate family law disputes, identifying relevant issues and options to resolve family law disputes including property, children and international jurisdictional issues involving the removal of children from Australia.

Not applicable.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment